With true artisanal charm often difficult to find within modern menswear, the SS14 collection from Matteo Molinari is a breath of fresh air.
A soft, traditionally rooted aesthetic is delivered by way of fluid cuts and fabrics, with intelligently modernised designs giving the range a contemporary feel. The accompanying lookbook sees each shot delivered with a torn border, producing an interesting scrapbook effect.
Working within a classic palette of red, black and white, this collection sees a wide variety of fabrics incorporated throughout – on trend sheer, mesh, leather and jersey being of particular notability.
Whilst these materials often appear within a casual context, a more sartorial approach is adopted throughout and sees slim fits, oversized shirts and modern tailoring techniques seamlessly work alongside each other.
A technical appreciation of this offering will stem from the skilled construction techniques – in particular the drawn thread work and crocheting – which were inspired by ancient techniques used to make religious garments.
Key pieces within the collection include the grey rounded crochet jacket and the flared trouser suit. However, the real stand out piece is the number ten knit, which combines a variety on trend elements. With its sportswear referencing, cable knit construction and contrasting textured stripes, this piece is perfect for making a bold style statement next season.
Proving that sometimes the old way is the best way, Molinari’s traditionally constructed collection simultaneously appeals to both a range of styles and age groups.
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Matteo Molinari Menswear: SS14 Collection